MulberryWhisper

Uzbek ikat silk, rug pillows and Russian shawls

Tashkent, Uzbekistan · 1162 Sales

MulberryWhisper

Uzbek ikat silk, rug pillows and Russian shawls

Tashkent, Uzbekistan 1162 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(491)
Shop owner

Eugenie

Contact

MulberryWhisper is taking a short break

Loading

Note from shop owner We are on vacation till August, 15. I will have no internet access until then, but I will respond to all emails as soon as I am back. See you soon!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 21, 2016

We are on vacation till August, 15. I will have no internet access until then, but I will respond to all emails as soon as I am back. See you soon!

Eugenie

Contact shop owner

Eugenie

Updates

Rug pillow made from a beautiful vintage Turkmen rug. There will be just two of these!
Our new pillows made from lovely vintage suzani.

About

Our Very Own Small Boutique

After USSR ceased to exist, I stopped working at a clothing factory, because they did not produce clothing any more and did not pay salary. Instead, I worked on custom orders.

Now I stay at home, looking after my younger daughter and granddaughter. I could not find a job locally which would be both interesting and demanding and would pay at least at a satisfactory level, but it would be too boring not to work. Besides that, my government pension is too small, and, although my children are always ready to support me, I prefer to earn my living myself.

We were thinking of opening a brick and mortar clothing store here in the city but then decided it would not pay; there would be way too much cost and trouble. And then my daughter Eugenie thought of Etsy which we already knew and loved; we decided to give it a try, and now we are here.

I do what I know and love: make clothing, accessories and home textiles of beautiful local fabrics. It is good to have access to this wealth of supplies, including ethnic ikat silks, both contemporary and vintage, and to possess a sound knowledge of design strengthened by many years of practice at a big industrial enterprise. This allows me producing beautiful and quite unique items, high in quality and ideally suited to meet your demands. We use a lot of vintage fabrics and rugs, which means that many of our items are one of a kind, and, in addition to that, they are ethical: we do not put additional pressure on natural resources when we use vintage supplies. We also reclaim and upcycle.

We really love it here. We keep improving our store, working on the pictures and descriptions, adding more items and trying to find out what people would like to see there. We are very grateful to all of you for your support and hope to be able to make something really nice for you - something to use and love, for handmade items do have a piece of soul of their makers. And we love what we do.

Everything we do is either unique or very limited in quantity, and you will never see 'your' pillow cases in someone else's house; similarly, no one else will be wearing 'your' tunic, dress or jacket. When we produce clothing to order, we always create individual patterns to ensure impeccable fit.

We only sell authentic Russian shawls and Russian scarves. In most cases. we can tell you about history of our Russian shawl, about its age and the artist.

We gladly take custom orders for Uzbek silk dresses, blouses, tops and shirts, as well as for pillow covers and shams. All items in the shop are produced by a professional designer who comes from a family of designers.

Sincerely, Irina and Eugenie
(told by Eugenie)

PS We now have a vintage shop, too - http://www.etsy.com/shop/MulberryTerrace - welcome!

Tweet
Around the web
Shop members
  • Irina

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Fashion Design, Pattern Making, Cutting, Sewing, Creating

    I graduated from Textile University in Tashkent as a fashion designer many years ago. I used to work for the industry and now I make items in very small quantities, at home, which gives me an opportunity to make exactly what I like and how I like.

  • Eugenie

    Owner, Designer, Curator, Managing, Buying Supplies, Generating Ideas, Taking Pictures And Generally Helping

    I run the shop for my mother, who is a fashion designer with many years of experience, coming from a family of designers. As to myself, I act as an adviser and buy supplies and make some simpler items.

  • Gafa

    Owner, Curator, Logistics Consultant

    Gafa helps a lot with logistics and other administrative issues. He is the owner of Mulberry Terrace (http://www.etsy.com/shop/MulberryTerrace) and a co-owner of Mulberry Whisper.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 20, 2015
Welcome to Mulberry Whisper! We love our little shop and do our best to make sure that you love it, too, and feel comfortable here.

We are a mother and a daughter team who do what they enjoy most. All of our items are made by hand, in very limited quantity: no mass production here and we do not exploit anyone. We also sell vintage Russian shawls and scarves made from them. All of our shawls are guaranteed Pavlovo Posad shawls and in most cases I can tell you about the artist, name of the shawl, history, etc. You will not find any fakes in our shop.

We can custom make clothing, scarves, pillow covers or quilts (or about anything of Uzbek silk and cotton) for you, in desired size and color. We will be happy to work out all the details together with you.

Accepted payment methods

Payment
We accept PayPal and may accept money transfers based on preliminary agreement. Please write to me to discuss the details.

If I have not heard from you regarding payment, I will cancel your sale after 48 hours. I understand that sometimes people change their minds. I hope you will come back again.
Shipping
I ship once a week (every Saturday) to reduce overheads and pass them to you. When I can, I ship sooner.

We ship by Uzbekistan Registered Mail. It takes up to 3-5 weeks to Europe, US and Canada, based on our experience. For most countries, packages can be tracked to your door.

Please note that we cannot be responsible for covering any fees, taxes or duties imposed by your national customs or notifying you about them.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for any reason you are not quite happy with the item you received, let us find a solution together. It is not easy to shop online. We love our customers and want you to be absolutely happy with your purchase.

We will accept returns for any reason, no questions asked, within 2 months after we shipped the item. The items to be returned must be in new unused condition. The return shipping costs to be borne by the customer save for cases of gross misrepresentation of an item.
Additional policies and FAQs
Silk ikat fabric should be dry cleaned. In theory, it can be hand washed cold with a mild detergent, but dry clean is preferred. Crepe de chine and silk chiffon can be hand washed cold.

Occasionally you can see some irregularities in the silk fabric, such as slubs or uneven dye. We feel that they provide extra character to the items and do not mind. However, if you do mind, these items might not be for you. Please bear in mind that these are handmade fabrics, and they are produced in Uzbekistan in a rather primitive way.

Same is true about vintage Russian scarves and shawls and the items we make from them. They can bear signs of age which make them even more dear to us, and we make our best to identify and describe any issues. When describing my vintage shawls, I often indicate that they have small holes (mostly pinholes) made by moth. I often enclose photos as well. While you might think it strange that too many of my shawls are damaged, in reality most of vintage wool shawls will have some moth damage. It is just that most people do not know how to look for that. I myself often buy vintage shawls online, where condition is described as perfect, and find moth bites. So, my shawls are not 'more damaged' than average; I am more accurate in examining and describing than an average seller.

Some of my vintage shawls can have a slight scent of mothballs or some other scents from their previous homes. I air and iron them but do not wash or dry clean. I also cannot guarantee that they come from pet and smoke free environment. When shawls are stored in my house, I put some essential oils into that chest, to ward off the moth, so they can acquire a light scent of lavender and clove.

We often find items in perfect vintage condition, but if you want a guaranteed impeccable condition please refer to the authorised dealer in Russia - it is the safest way. Etsy and Ebay are full of fake Russian shawls now. Not only they look miserable, but also the fabric is not wool.

Russian shawls can be damaged by washing so dry clean is the safest way. It is good to air them on the line now and then, especially when it is dry and cold. They look instantly refreshed. There is a set of simple maintenance rules which you can see here - http://www.mulberrywhisper.com/2015/01/how-to-care-for-your-russian-shawl.html

We believe in recycling and reusing. In most cases, items will be packed in a very simple manner, using recycled materials. If you want gift wrapping and/or a gift card, please indicate that in the note when buying.

We have pets at home. I have a Belgian Shepherd Dog, and my mother has a rescued Dachshund cross. The dogs do not come close to the items we make for Etsy, but our homes are definitely not pet free.

We do not smoke, but sometimes vintage fabrics might have traces of scents from storing, such as a faint scent of mothballs, cedar or lavender. Please remember they do not come from a factory. A bit of airing helps.

We gladly reserve items for several days.

Please also see the vintage shop run by our relative in Wisconsin - http://www.etsy.com/shop/MulberryTerrace - some very nice finds there.